Multnomah Falls is a Must - Famous attraction east of Portland highlights region's natural beauty. Visiting Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water, lets you experience the power and beauty of nature up close and with ease. From the parking area off of I-84, a 5-minute walk is all that separates you from the exhilarating spray at the base of the falls.
Spirit Mountain Casino (67 miles from Beaverton ) : Their Free Shuttle Bus passes by, in front of PepperTree Inn every day around 4PM. Check with our front desk for more information.
International Rose Test Garden - Hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world enjoy the sights and scents of the gardens. Located in Washington Park. The best rose-viewing months are May-September. Free to Public.
Lan Su Chinese Garden - Covered walkways, bridges, pavilions and a richly planted landscape frame a picturesque lake in this urban oasis built by artisans from Portland’s sister city of Suzhou. Public and audio tours are available.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) - One of the nation’s leading science museums, is 219,000 square feet of brain-powered fun. Five enormous halls bring science to life with hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays.
Pittock Mansion - Sours 1,000 feet above the city's skyline. A century-old symbol of Portlands dramatic transformation from a small lumber town to a bustling city.
Portland Art Museum - Renowned for exciting art experiences. Located in the heart of downtown’s cultural district, the museum’s campus includes an outdoor sculpture court and historical interiors.
Portland Farmers Market - Widely considered one of the world’s finest farmers’ markets, the Portland Farmers Market operates a six weekly markets, spring through fall. In addition to fresh produce, the market is a go-to spot for prepared food items, as well as cheeses, meats, flowers and more.
Portland Japanese Garden - A haven of tranquil beauty which has been proclaimed on of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. Open Daily - Admission charged.
Portland Saturday Market - Enjoy the Portland Saturday Market , the nation's largest weekly arts and crafts market. Located in Waterfront Park, at the Skidmore Fountain MAX station. Open Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 11am to 4:30pm. (March - December) Admission is FREE.
Eastbank Esplanade, a 1.5-mile pedestrian/bicycling trail that extends along the east bank of downtown Portland's Willamette River between the Steel and Hawthorne bridges. Highlights include a 1,200-foot (366-meter) floating walkway (the longest in the United States), an adjoining public boat dock, public art and places to stop, relax and enjoy.
The Grotto - The Grotto is set among 62 acres of botanical gardens. As an internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary, The Grotto offers a place of quiet reflection for all people. More than 100 beautiful statues and shrines are nestled among flower-lined pathways winding under towering firs. Gardens and gift shop are open daily; group tours and daily Mass are also offered.
Downtown - 6 Miles from Peppertree
Director Park - Downtown Portland’s newest park, this former parking lot was converted into a public square in 2009. Located just a block from Pioneer Courthouse Square, the park features a café, ample outdoor seating and a fountain, and plays host to occasional events in the summer.
Pioneer Courthouse Square - The square is a thriving urban park and the single most-visited site in Oregon, attracting more than 9.5 million visitors annually. The square’s on-site resources include the Travel Portland Visitor Information Center and TriMet’s bus and light rail ticket office. The square is also one of Portland's leading outdoor venues, hosting 300 events each year.
Waterfront Park - This downtown riverfront park is a popular place for jogging, in-line skating and cooling off in Salmon Street Springs, a fountain whose water patterns change with the city's mood.
- Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
- Leach Botanical Garden
- Mt. Tabor Park
- 3D Center of Art and Photography
- The Flagship market
- Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
Hoyt Arboretum - Nearly 1,000 species of trees and shrubs and more than in any other arboretum in the country, are showcased on 185 acres of hilly terrain within Washington Park. An interpretive center offers restrooms, maps and brochures and a gift shop. The arboretum’s 21 trails cover 12 miles; two miles of trail are suitable for wheelchairs, baby strollers and visitors who appreciate firm footing. See a map of the trails.
For the Kids
Oregon Zoo - Just 4 miles from Peppertree Inn. Experience fun for the whole family. Step inside the gates of the Oregon Zoo for fun shopping and fine dining! The zoo's Cascade Outfitters gift shop offers animal-themed gifts for everyone on your list. Specialty sandwiches and salads are served daily in the Cascade Grill restaurant.
Oaks Amusement Park - Rides, go-karts, roller skating, picnic grounds, an historic dance pavilion and waterfront views make up this jewel of an amusement park only minutes from downtown Portland. Safe, wholesome, affordable family fun is always on the menu along with fries, hamburgers, corn dogs, cotton candy and more. Birthday parties, corporate picnics and family and class reunions are a few reasons why people visit.
For more information: 503-233-5777.
Finnegan’s Toys - This ever-expanding, independent emporium of toys packs everything from Apples to Apples to Zoob into a downtown shop so colorful and exciting that many a child has needed a nap after exploring the aisles. But don’t expect to find video games or modern gizmos here — for more than 30 years, Finnegan’s has excelled by selling the kinds of classics that bring out the kid in everyone.
Portland Aerial Tram - Kids love to soar above the city in the futuristic-looking pods of Portland’s tram, taking in the views of Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, the Willamette River and the downtown skyline. The tram runs between the South Waterfront district (a short ride from downtown on the Portland Streetcar) and Oregon Health & Science University.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. From June-September, the tram also operates on Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Admission: Roundtrip fare is $4.00; children 6 and under free.
Portland Childrens Museum - One of the oldest children’s museums in the country, this beloved institution is filled with a collection of interactive exhibits where little ones can build, sculpt, and splash in the name of discovery. Popular attractions include the Play It Again Theater, which never goes dark, and the Dig Pit, filled with rubber gravel and located next to the Caterpillar Café.
Jamison Square Jamison Square opened in 2002, making it older than its average attendee on summer days, when it becomes a no-holds-barred kids’ park featuring a gentle fountain and generous space for wading. Adults will appreciate the convenience of the Pearl District park’s location on the Portland Streetcar line and the impressive public art — modern “totem poles” designed by Kenny Scharf.
Forest Park - Located northwest of downtown, this eight-mile-long (13-kilometer) “forest in the city” covers 5,156 acres (2,086 hectares). In addition to providing a respite from urban life, the park supports more than 112 bird and 62 mammal species and acts as a natural air purifier.
Red Tail Golf Course - This 18-hole course, newly renovated and upgraded to championship status, is a challenge for golfers of all levels. Rolling hills, picturesque water hazards and tree-lined fairways greet you on this easily walked, player-friendly course. Welcome to Peppertree Inn.